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K&N Pro West Stat Advance: Evergreen

Analyzing The NAPA Auto Parts 150 Presented By Toyota
By Brooke Franceschini, NASCAR
August 10, 2016 - 3:32pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be making its 52nd trip to Washington’s Evergreen Speedway Saturday for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Toyota. Below is a look at the past performance of the series and selected drivers.

NAPA Auto Parts 150 Race Setup:
• With their series a little past the halfway point, rookie Todd Gilliland holds a three-point lead over Ryan Partridge and a 24- and 25-point lead over Noah Gragson and Chris Eggleston, respectively.
• None of the former Evergreen race winners, including David Mayhew, the winner the past two years, will not be competing at the Washington oval this weekend.

At Evergreen Speedway:
History

• This will be the series 52nd visit to the track since 1968.
• Evergreen Speedway is located on the fairgrounds facility in Monroe, Washington. The track features a .646-mile oval, a .375-mile oval and a 1/5-mile oval.

Notebook
• Ray Elder has the most wins at Evergreen, with five. Elder won in 1971, twice in 1972 and twice in 1975.
• Other multiple winners include: Ron Easton (1979, 1980, 1982), Chad Little (1986, 1988 and 1989), Bill Amick (1964 and 1965), Dick Bown (1974 and 1970), Brendan Gaughan (2000 and 2001), Butch Gilliland (1996 and 1998), Harry Jefferson (1974 and 1977), David Mayhew (2014 and 2015), Jack McCoy (1968, 1968, 1969, 1973), Neil Newberry (1976 and 1979), Jim Robinson (1983 and 1984) and Bill Sedgewick (1990 and 1992).
• Bill Elliott has the most poles at Evergreen, with four (1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990).
• The late Roy Smith leads the lists for most top-five finishes (nine) and top-10 finishes (14) in competition at the track since 1971.
• Chad Little has led the most laps around the Monroe track since 1971, staying out front for 1,153 circuits.
• Ten of the 45 races in the modern era of the K&N Pro Series West at Evergreen Speedway were won from the pole position. Geoff Bodine came from deepest in the field to win, starting 21st in 1991.
• None of the K&N Pro Series West races at Evergreen have ended in a green-white-checkered finish.

Evergreen Data:
Race: #9 out of 14
Race Date: Saturday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. PT
Track Layout: .646-mile paved oval
Race Length: 150 laps, 96.9 miles

Evergreen Qualifying/Race Data:
2015 Winner: David Mayhew
2015 Pole Sitter: James Bickford
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Greg Pursley, Ford, 22.831 seconds, 101.862 mph, July 10, 2011
150-Lap Race Record: Ray Elder, Dodge, one hour 10 minutes 15 seconds, 80.071 mph, July 6, 1975

Evergreen Leaders:
Wins
Ray Elder … 5
Jack McCoy … 4
Ron Eaton … 3
Chad Little … 3
Seven different drivers … 2
Twenty-two different drivers … 1

Poles:
Bill Elliott … 4
Ron Eaton … 3
Jack McCoy … 3
Ten different drivers … 2
Twenty different drivers … 1

Laps Completed:
Bill Schmitt … 6148
Jack Sellers … 5418
Hershel McGriff … 5018
Roy Smith … 4088
Chad Little … 3597
Ron Eaton … 3306

Laps Led:
Chad Little … 1153
Bill Elliott … 703
Bill Schmitt … 683
Ray Elder … 653
Derrike Cope … 505
Ron Eaton … 484

Selected Driver Highlights:
Chris Eggleston (No. 50 NAPA Filters Toyota)
• Heads into Evergreen ranked fourth in the standings with two wins and six top fives.
• In his first start at Evergreen last season, he finished third after starting fifth.

Todd Gilliland (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• Holds the top spot in the standings headed into the weekend with four wins and seven top fives.
• Earned his victories at California’s Irwindale Speedway and Kern County Raceway Park, Idaho’s Stateline Speedway and Iowa Speedway.
• This will be his first series start at Evergreen.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Noah Gragson (No. 7 SPEEDVEGAS/AlertID/Colliers International Ford)
• Is third in the championship standings with four top fives and eight top 10s.
• Last year at Evergreen, he finished fifth after starting fourth.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Riley Herbst (No. 19 NOS Energy Drink Toyota)
• Is seventh in the standings with three top fives and six top 10s.
• Is coming off his best series career finish, third, at Iowa Speedway.
• This will be his first K&N Pro Series West start at Evergreen.

Julia Landauer (No. 54 Curb Records Toyota)
• Heads into the weekend ranked sixth in the standings with three top fives and seven top 10s.
• Earned her best series finishes, fifth, at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway, California’s Orange Show Speedway and Idaho’s Stateline Speedway.
• This will be her first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start at Evergreen.
• Is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class.

Matt Levin (No. 14 Wealth Management Ford)
• Is ranked ninth in the standings with four top fives.
• At the .646-mile oval last year, he finished 10th after starting 14th.

Ron Norman (No. 30 Port of Tucson Ford)
• Heads into the weekend ranked 10th in the standings with four top 10s.
• He finished 13th at Evergreen last year after starting 12th.

Ryan Partridge (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Is second in the standings with one win, six top fives and eight top 10s.
• Won earlier in the year at Tucson.
• At Evergreen last season, he finished second after starting third.

Gracin Raz (No. 27 Montana Tech Ford)
• Is ranked fifth in the K&N Pro Series West standings with five top fives and six top 10s.
• In his two series starts at Evergreen, he finished sixth (2014) and fourth (2015).

Cole Rouse (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford)
• Is seventh in the standings headed into Evergreen with five top fives and six top 10s.
• Collected his best K&N Pro Series West finish, third, at Kern.
• This will be his first series start at Evergreen.

Other Driver Notes:
• Garret Archer will be making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut this weekend with Jefferson Pitts Racing. Has experience at Evergreen competing in their Super Late Model division.
• Nicole Behar will return to the K&N Pro Series West this weekend. She finished 17th (2014) and ninth (2015) with the series at Evergreen.
• Braeden Havens will make his second start of the year. In his last three K&N Pro Series West starts at Evergreen, he’s finished 11th (2012), fourth (2013) and 15th (2015).
• Cole Moore will make his third start of the year with Bill McAnally Racing. This will be his first K&N Pro Series West start at Evergreen.

Up to Speed:
• The 2016 season is the 63rd for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
• The 2016 schedule features 14 races at 13 different tracks across eight states.
• Third-generation driver Todd Gilliland won the season opener at California’s Irwindale Speedway on March 19 after leading a total of 33 laps.
• Gilliland expanded his K&N Pro Series West streak to three after winning the second race of the season at California’s Kern County Raceway Park.
• Ryan Partridge collected his first win of the year at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway after leading 127 laps.
• Chris Eggleston, the defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion, picked up his first win of 2016 after gaining the lead with nine laps to go at California’s Orange Show Speedway.
• Eggleston made it two-for-two after leading 102 laps at his home track, Colorado National Speedway.
• Chase Elliott scored the first road course victory of the year at California’s Sonoma Raceway after passing Noah Gragson with two laps to go.
• Todd Gilliland scored his third win of the year at Idaho’s Stateline Speedway after crossing the finish line .004 seconds in front of Gragson.
• Todd Gilliland won the K&N Pro Series combination event at Iowa Speedway to make it two-for-two and collect his four win of the season.